the roads to modernity the british french and american enlightenments

Download Book The Roads To Modernity The British French And American Enlightenments in PDF format. You can Read Online The Roads To Modernity The British French And American Enlightenments here in PDF, EPUB, Mobi or Docx formats.

The Roads To Modernity

Author : Gertrude Himmelfarb
ISBN : 9780307429254
Genre : History
File Size : 51. 44 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 408
Read : 1291

Get This Book


In an elegant, eminently readable work, one of our most distinguished intellectual historians gives us a brilliant revisionist history. The Roads to Modernity reclaims the Enlightenment–an extraordinary time bursting with new ideas about human nature, politics, society, and religion--from historians who have downgraded its importance and from scholars who have given preeminence to the Enlightenment in France over concurrent movements in England and America.Contrasting the Enlightenments in the three nations, Himmelfarb demonstrates the primacy and wisdom of the British, exemplified in such thinkers as Adam Smith, David Hume, and Edmund Burke, as well as the unique and enduring contributions of the American Founders. It is their Enlightenments, she argues, that created a social ethic–humane, compassionate, and realistic–that still resonates strongly today, in America perhaps even more than in Europe.The Roads to Modernity is a remarkable and illuminating contribution to the history of ideas. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Roads To Modernity

Author : Gert Himmelfarb
ISBN : 1407064940
Genre :
File Size : 64. 17 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 872
Read : 1326

Get This Book



The Roads To Modernity

Author : Gertrude Himmelfarb
ISBN : 9781407014098
Genre : History
File Size : 79. 47 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 579
Read : 674

Get This Book


Gertrude Himmelfarb's elegant and wonderfully readable work, The Roads to Modernity, reclaims the Enlightenment from historians who have downgraded its importance and from scholars who have given preeminence to the Enlightenment in France over concurrent movements in England and in America. Himmerlfarb demonstrates the primacy and wisdom of the British, exemplified in such thinkers as Adam Smith, David Hume, and Edmund Burke, as well as the unique and enduring contributions of the American Founders. It is their Enlightenments, she argues, that created a social ethic - humane, compassionate and realistic - that still resonates strongly today.

Victorian Minds

Author : Gertrude Himmelfarb
ISBN : 9781566630771
Genre : History
File Size : 84. 23 MB
Format : PDF
Download : 662
Read : 244

Get This Book


A study of intellectuals in crisis and of ideologies in transition, elegant in style and thought. Few works that I know convey the excitement of the intellectual life of 19th-century England as immediately....The essays are remarkable no less for the cogency of their wit than for the range and precision of their scholarship. Lionel Trilling."

The Enlightenment

Author : Norman Hampson
ISBN : 9780141937137
Genre : History
File Size : 43. 22 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 610
Read : 520

Get This Book


Armed with the insights of the scientific revolution, the men of the Enlightenment set out to free mankind from its age-old cocoon of pessimism and superstition and establish a more reasonable world of experiment and progress. Yet by the 1760s, this optimism about man and society had almost evaporated. In the works of Rousseau, Kant and Goethe, there was discernible a new inner voice, and an awareness of individual uniqueness which had eluded their more self-confident predecessors. The stage was set for the revolutionary crisis and the rise of Romanticism. In this book, Norman Hampson follows through certain dominant themes in the Enlightenment, and describes the contemporary social and political climate, in which ideas could travel from the salons of Paris to the court of Catherine the Great - but less easily from a master to his servant. On such vexed issues as the role of ideas in the "rise of the middle class" he provides a new and realistic approach linking intellectual and social history.

The Moral Imagination

Author : Gertrude Himmelfarb
ISBN : 9781442218291
Genre : History
File Size : 31. 41 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 112
Read : 420

Get This Book


The Moral Imagination describes how some of the most provocative thinkers of modern times, coming from different traditions, responding to different concerns, and writing in different genres, shared a moral passion that permeated their work. The second edition includes a revised introduction and three new essays on Adam Smith, Lord Acton, and Alfred Marshall.

Economic Sentiments

Author : Emma Rothschild
ISBN : 9780674725621
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 44. 43 MB
Format : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Download : 270
Read : 736

Get This Book


A benchmark in the history of economics and of political ideas, Rothschild shows us the origins of laissez-faire economic thought and its relation to political conseratism in an unquiet world.

The Spirit Of The Age

Author : Gertrude Himmelfarb
ISBN : 0300123302
Genre : Literary Collections
File Size : 56. 3 MB
Format : PDF, Docs
Download : 803
Read : 206

Get This Book


Selected and annotated by Gertrude Himmelfarb, a distinguished historian of Victorian thought, the writings in this volume address a wide range of subjects, including religion, politics, history, science, art, socialism, and feminism, by eminent figures of the Victorian era.

The People Of The Book

Author : Gertrude Himmelfarb
ISBN : 9781594035708
Genre : History
File Size : 57. 99 MB
Format : PDF, ePub
Download : 818
Read : 351

Get This Book


The history of Judaism has for too long been dominated by the theme of antisemitism, reducing Judaism to the recurrent saga of persecution and the struggle for survival. The history of philosemitism provides a corrective to that abysmal view, a reminder of the venerable religion and people that have been an inspiration for non-Jews as well as Jews. There is a poetic justice – or historic justice – in the fact that England, the first country to expel the Jews in medieval times, has produced the richest literature of philosemitism in modern times. From Cromwell supporting the readmission of the Jews in the 17th century, to Macaulay arguing for the admission of Jews as Members of Parliament in the 19th century, to Churchill urging the recognition of the state of Israel in the 20th, some of England's most eminent writers and statesmen have paid tribute to Jews and Judaism. Their speeches and writing are powerfully resonant today. As are novels by Walter Scott, Disraeli, and George Eliot, which anticipate Zionism well before the emergence of that movement and look forward to the state of Israel, not as a refuge for the persecuted, but as a "homeland" rooted in Jewish history. A recent history of antisemitism in England regretfully observes that English philosemitism is "a past glory." This book may recall England – and not only England – to that past glory and inspire other countries to emulate it. It may also reaffirm Jews in their own faith and aspirations.

The Jewish Odyssey Of George Eliot

Author : Gertrude Himmelfarb
ISBN : 9781594035968
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 39. 37 MB
Format : PDF, Kindle
Download : 854
Read : 403

Get This Book


It is one of the curiosities of history that the most remarkable novel about Jews and Judaism, predicting the establishment of the Jewish state, should have been written in 1876 by a non-Jew - a Victorian woman and a formidable intellectual, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest of English novelists. And it is still more curious thatDaniel Deronda, George Eliot’s last novel, should have been dismissed, by many of her admirers at the time and by some critics since, as something of an anomaly, an inexplicable and unfortunate turn in her life and work. Yet Eliot herself was passionately committed to that novel, having prepared herself for it by an extraordinary feat of scholarly research in five languages (including Hebrew), exploring the ancient, medieval, and modern sources of Jewish history. Three years later, to reenforce that commitment, she wrote an essay, the very last of her writing, reaffirming the heritage of the Jewish "nation” and the desirability of a Jewish state - this well before the founders of Zionism hadconceived of that mission. Why did this Victorian novelist, born a Christian and an early convert to agnosticism, write a book so respectful of Judaism and so prescient about Zionism? And why at a time when there were no pogroms or persecutions to provoke her? What was the general conception of the "Jewish question,” and how did Eliot reinterpret that "question,” for her time as well as ours? Gertrude Himmelfarb, a leading Victorian scholar, has undertaken to unravel the mysteries ofDaniel Deronda. And the mysteries of Eliot herself: a novelist who deliberately wrote a book she knew would bewilder many of her readers, a distinguished woman who opposed the enfranchisement of women, a moralist who flouted the most venerable of marital conventions - above all, the author of a novel that is still an inspiration or provocation to readers and critics alike.

Top Download:

Best Books